Covid-19 – A coordinated village response

Published: 26 March 2020

Kind hearted members of the community are on the coronavirus counter-attack across Burley as residents have begun to offer support for more vulnerable members who might need some extra help during self-isolation.

The Love Burley team (https://www.loveburley.org/) are running a list of volunteers who are happy to help with shopping, have a chat on the phone or assist as needed. For those who use Facebook, here’s a link to the Love Burley team

www.facebook.com/groups/3622800741128066

Meanwhile the Community Trust have set up a web site for residents to support the Love Burley activities. The Parish Council were mid way through distributing a leaflet to all households in the village before the Government advice to stay home was announced. The leaflet provided with a quick and easy way to offer support to neighbours in need. This can now be found and printed from the Burley Parish Council web site (http://www.burleyparishcouncil.co.uk/Community_19754.aspx). Please use the contact form to offer support where you can.

Parish Council support staff are working from home but are contactable:

Clare Smith (Clerk) clerk@burleyparishcouncil.co.uk

Tel 07376 320 999.

Cate Perman (Admin) admin@burleyparishcouncil.co.uk

Contact details for councilors are on the Parish Council web site http://www.burleyparishcouncil.co.uk/Councillors_19742.aspx

Anyone who runs into difficulties and is unable to access support through Love Burley or neighbours please contact one of the following Parish Councillors:

Vicky Evans - 07799 475854

Jan Lepley - 07711 329809

Gary Scott - 07413 043217

Chris Turner - 07801 966531

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We are in unprecedented times, with the situation changing on a near-hourly basis as we assess the implications of advice coming from the many and various government bodies. However, the Parish Council is well placed to support residents by acting as a conduit of information: and, in particular, connecting people who have needs with people who can offer help. We hope that those who are fit and well and are not in one of the government’s “at risk” groups will come forward and volunteer to help

The Parish Council together with all the churches in the village and Love Burley are looking into ways of offering support to vulnerable older people in the community. Collectively each organisation has its own trusted relationships with many of our most vulnerable residents, and together we can offer mutual support and co-ordinated assistance.

The following advice from the Community Action Response team forms the basis of our community support:

· Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in every community will face the challenges of COVID-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

· Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

· Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations using platforms like https://nextdoor.co.uk/

· Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help.

· Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about COVID-19. Sign post them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

For those who use Facebook, here’s a link to a community action group set up to help coordinate support for vulnerable neighbours.

www.facebook.com/groups/3622800741128066

The scheme setup by the Love Burley team aims to support the vulnerable members of our village impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. People needing support can post their requests and volunteers can respond.

The Group is currently hoping to start up a buddy scheme to match a couple of our seniors with a volunteer. The volunteer would arrange for shopping to be delivered when needed and offer a listening ear on the phone (to avoid risk of transferring germs). If you’d like to volunteer as a buddy, please either contact a Parish Councillor or use the Facebook link above to share your contact details and any relevant information. If you’d prefer to either do shopping or have a chat on the phone rather than both, then that’s absolutely fine.

What can you do?

This week, a leaflet will be distributed to all households in the village with a quick and easy way to offer support to neighbours in need. Please use the contact form to offer support where you can. You can also download a copy here

As people on zero hours contracts find themselves out of work, they will struggle financially and for food. Food banks become a major lifeline. You may be aware that there is a food bank collection point at the village Co-op store on Main Street. If you are able to make any donations to this during this difficult time they will be gratefully received.